Midwest Governors Partner To Coordinate Economy Reopening

Apr 17, 2020

Governors across several Midwest states – including Indiana – announced Thursday they will work together as they decide when to reopen the economy from their states’ “Stay-At-Home” orders.
Credit Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Governors across several Midwest states – including Indiana – announced Thursday they will work together as they decide when to reopen the economy from their states’ “Stay-At-Home” orders.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s already worked closely with neighboring states. The new coalition includes Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

A joint statement from the governors says their top priority in determining how and when to reopen the economy is the health and safety of workers and citizens.

READ MORE: Can I Go For A Walk? Here's What The Expanded 'Stay-At-Home' Order Really Does

Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana 2020 Two-Way. Text "elections" to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on COVID-19 and the 2020 election.

LEE MAS: ¿Puedo Salir A Caminar? Esto Es Lo Que Significa Una Orden De Permanecer En Casa

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine already announced he plans to reopen businesses May 1. Holcomb says he won’t put a specific date on it.

“I’m going to be looking at the numbers. We’ve said all week long here in the state of Indiana that these next few days are very important to us," Holcomb says. "We want to see this trend hold; we want to see the numbers hold.”

Still, Holcomb says he’s looking at early May for the Hoosier economy to begin reopening.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.